Struggling with Sleep Apnea? How Your Dentist Can Help
Sleep apnea is more common than you might originally think and negatively impacts millions of Americans. Sleep apnea causes disruption in normal breathing function during sleep as the muscles at the back of the mouth and throat relax.
Typical treatment begins with a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine, which delivers a constant flow of air through a facemask, opening the airway during sleep. Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to sleep wearing this mask, especially if they typically sleep on their sides or stomachs. This can lead to pulling the mask off at night and leaving you unprotected.
Since sleep apnea is so dangerous and can negatively impact nearly every system in the body, non-treatment can be life threatening. Proper breathing allows good restorative sleep, which is necessary for every function in the body.
Sleep Apnea Treatment with Oral Appliance Therapy
Your dentist can help with a much less invasive and discreet treatment for sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy uses a custom designed sleep appliance that you wear at night to open the airway during sleep. In many cases, this works by gently adjusting the position of your jaws and removing the loose tissue from the back of your throat and mouth. It is an approved alternative to CPAP treatment according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Not only does oral appliance therapy offer a convenient solution to sleep apnea, patients enjoy that it is easier to travel and sleep more comfortably. Since we custom design each oral appliance, they stay put while you sleep, fitting snugly to your teeth and providing the protection you need to improve your overall health.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, live in the Indianapolis area, and would like more information about oral appliance therapy, contact Shank Dentistry today. We look forward to helping you achieve a better night’s sleep.